Students had more class time to research their region with their partner. Each day, the class brainstormed ideas of topics that would be important to know about. They were finding facts about things like: cities, animals, bodies of water, activities and special jobs. When they finished researching, students were introduced to infographics. Infographics are presenting information in a visual way by using pictures, graphs and charts. We process images 60 000 times faster than texts! So pairing information with visuals makes the info easier and faster to remember as well as more engaging. Students were shown the website Easel.ly. This is a website for creating infographics. Using one, or several, of the templates provided, students will create an infographic with their partner to display their research on their region. Students will continue working on this part of the assignment next week. I have asked that students do not work on their Easel.ly graphic at home as they will have lots of class time to work on it and it is a collaborative project to be worked on with their partner. Once the class has finished, they will present their infographic or graphics to the class!
Last Friday, the grade 4's changed their password to log on to cbe devices. It is important students memorize their 8 digit id number that they will use as long as they are at a cbe school in order to access technology.
On Monday, students received an orientation for the Learning Commons and took out books. Humanities class will begin with reading and it is important students have a book they are interested in reading either from the LC or home. We also discussed students current knowledge of Alberta and they spent time writing in their journals.
On Tuesday, I introduced the 6 regions of Alberta that we will be learning about this year. The regions are: Rocky Mountains, Foothills, Grasslands, Parkland, Boreal Forest and Canadian Shield. Students were given a brief presentation on each region and they learned how to take down jot notes. Next, they chose a region they were interested in researching and I partnered them up with someone from the same group.
Students began using iPads to research the region they chose with their partner. They are learning skills like how to record information in their own words, how to look up words they don't know, how to find a good website and what type of information you should copy down. Students will continue to research into next week.
Our first week of school was filled with activities and transitions, learning to open locks, a hamburger lunch, a pancake breakfast, outdoor fun and of course, getting to know teachers and students! There was lots going on and lots of switching between things. This week, we started our regular schedule that students will be following for the reminder of the year. In Humanities, we began an art project using puck paints, silhouettes and action poses. Students were asked to choose 3-4 colours and paint a background going from the lightest colour in the middle of their page to the darkest colour at the edge. I took a photo of each student in a pose of some sort. After their backgrounds were dry, they cut out the black and white photo of themselves as well as a white silhouette to glue on their page. The final step was to use black paint to add their name on their page nice and big. When the art piece was finished, students began writing about themselves. Their goal was to write at least 10 sentences. This goal will increase throughout the year.